The EU has voted to delay when traders must start to use the new Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for imports into the trading bloc – a measure that was intended to start from 21
August 2021.

The delay applies to GB traders moving, amongst other goods, products of animal origin to the EU and to Northern Ireland.

The EU voted to delay the requirement for new Animal Health Regulation (AHR) EHCs, which must be signed by a vet, until 15 January 2022.

EHCs are needed for the following goods entering the EU:

  • all products of animal origin
  • live animals
  • germinal products (animal semen, embryos or egg cells)
  • composite products

The EU’s proposal will mean that current EHCs signed before 15 January 2022 can be used until 15 March 2022 for goods on route to the EU.

Changes to the rules for the certification of composite products, which took effect in April 2021, continue to apply.